Société des traversiers du Québec

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Société des traversiers du Québec
Societe-des-Traversiers-Logo-a.png Traversiers-Logo-a.png
STQ official logo "Ferries: relation ships"
"Traversiers" branding
Founded 1971
Head office 250, rue Saint-Paul, Québec
Fleet size 17[1]
Number of routes 13
Annual ridership (approx.) 5 200 000 (passengers)
2 100 000 (vehicles)[2]

Société des traversiers du Québec (Québec Ferry Corporation), abbreviated STQ, is the crown corporation responsible of operating major or essential ferry links across the province of Québec. The ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification is responsible of the maritime corporation.

History

STQ was founded in 1971, when the government of Québec took over the exploitation and ships of the Québec-Lévis ferry. Over the years, it took over the exploitation and management of many routes, as well as former federally-maintained docks. In 2009, the STQ took over the management of the Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bas-Saint-Laurent and lower Côte-Nord routes, adding thousands of nautical miles to its portfolio.

Routes

  • Sorel-Tracy ― Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola
  • Québec ― Lévis
  • L'Isle-aux-Grues ― Montmagny
  • L'Isle-aux-Coudres ― Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive
  • Tadoussac ― Baie-Sainte-Catherine
  • L'Ile-Verte
  • Matane ― Baie-Comeau ― Godbout
  • Harrington Harbour ― Chevery
  • Rivière Saint-Augustin
  • Îles-de-la-Madeliene (contracted to Coopérative de transport Maritime et Aérien)
    • Montréal ― Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine ― Gaspé ― Québec ― Montréal (June to September)
    • Matane ― Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine (October to May)
  • Rivière-du-Loup ― Saint-Siméon (contracted to Traverse Rivière-du-Loup Saint-Siméon)
  • Île d'Anticosti ― Basse-Côte-Nord (contracted to Relais Nordik)
  • Île d'Entré ― Cap-aux-Meules (contracted to Coopérative de transport Maritime et Aérien)

Fleet

Current roster

Name Thumbnail Year Builder Vehicle
capacity
Passenger
capacity
Route(s) served Notes
NM Alphonse-Desjardins[3] STQ NM Alphonse-Desjardins.JPG 1971 Davie 54 590 Québec ― Lévis
NM Armand-Imbeau[4] STQ NM Armand Imbeau.jpg 1980 MIL 75 367 Sorel-Tracy ― Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola (spare)
NM Armand-Imbeau II[5] 2018 Davie 110 432 Tadoussac ― Baie-Sainte-Catherine
  • LNG-powered.
NM Catherine-Legardeur[6] STQ Catherine-Legardeur.jpg 1985 Davie 53 367 Sorel-Tracy ― Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola
MV F-A Gauthier[7] STQ F.-A. Gauthier-a.jpg 2013-2014 Fincantieri, Italy 180 800 Matane ― Baie-Comeau ― Godbout
  • First ferry in North America powered by LNG.
NM Félix-Antoine-Savard[8] STQ NM Félix-Antoine-Savard-2.jpg 1996 Davie 70 376 Spare
NM Gru-des-Îles[9] STQ Grue-des-Iles.jpg 1980 Bateux Turbec 23 293 L'Ilse-aux-Grues ― Montmagny
NM Ivan-Quinn[10] 2009 Méridien Maritime 2 45 Île d'Entrée ― Cap-aux-Meules
NM Jos-Deschênes[11] 1980 MIL 75 367 Sorel-Tracy ― Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola (spare)
NM Jos-Deschênes II[12] 2018 Davie 110 432 Tadoussac ― Baie-Sainte-Catherine
  • LNG-powered.
NM Joseph-Savard[13] 1985 Davie 55 367 L'Isle-aux-Coudres ― Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive
NM Les Eaux Scintillantes[14] 1989 Hike Metal Products None 16 Harrington Harbour ― Chevery
NM Lormer-Gouin[15] STQ Lomer-Gouin.jpg 1971 Davie 54 590 Québec ― Lévis
NM Mécatina II[16] 1989 Talbot & Hunter 2 12 Harrington Harbour ― Chevery
NM Peter-Fraser[17] 2013 Forillon 12 70 I'Île-Verte
NM Radisson[18] 1954 Davie 58 375 Spare
MV Saaremaa I[19] 2010 180 800 Spare
  • Ex-Saaremaa.
  • Purchased by STQ in April 2019 to replace NM F.A. Gauthier during repairs.
Royal Sea 23[20] 1987 Pomerleau None 6 Rivière Saint-Augustin (Basse-Côte-Nord)
VCA L'Esprit-de-Pakuashipi[21] 2012 Griffon Hoverwork None 16 Rivière Saint-Augustin (Basse-Côte-Nord)
  • Only passenger only hovercraft operating in Canada.

Contracted operators

Name Thumbnail Year Builder Vehicle
capacity
Passenger
capacity
Route(s) assigned Owner Notes
NM CTMA Vacancier Ctma vacancier-a.jpg 1973 J.J. Sietas 300 1612 Montréal ― Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine ― Gaspé ― Québec ― Montréal Coopérative de transport Maritime et Aérien
  • Acquired in 2002 from Irish Continental Group
  • Leased by STQ in 2019 as relief vessel for Matane ― Baie-Comeau ― Godbout.
NM Trans-Saint-Laurent STQ N.M. Trans-Saint-Laurent.jpg 1963 100 380 Rivière-du-Loup ― Saint-Siméon Traverse Rivière-du-Loup Saint-Siméon
NM Nordik Express STQ Nordik Express.jpg 1974 Todd Shipyard,
Seattle
60 268 Rimouski/Port-Menier/Sept-Îles ― Havre-Saint-Pierre ― Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent ― Blanc-Sablon Relais Nordik
  • Cargo and passenger ship
  • Vehicles must be put in container cage before being loaded
  • Relief vessel for NM Bella Desgagnés
NM Bella Desgagnés 2013 Kraljevica, Palumbo 150 381 Rimouski/Port-Menier/Sept-Îles ― Havre-Saint-Pierre ― Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent ― Blanc-Sablon Relais Nordik
  • Cargo and passenger ship
  • Vehicles must be put in container cage before being loaded

Retired Roster

This list is incomplete.

Name Thumbnail Year Builder Vehicle
capacity
Passenger
capacity
Route(s) served Notes
MV Apollo MV Apollo passenger ferry.jpg 1970 Meyer Werft 85 240 Matane ― Baie-Comeau - Godbout
  • Purchased from Labrador Marine in January 2019 to replace F.A. Gauthier during repairs.
  • Withdrawn in March 2019 after multiple collisions and major defects were identified by TSB.
NM Camille-Marcoux STQ Camille-Marcoux.JPG 1974 Marine Industries 120 600 Matane ― Baie-Comeau/Godbout
NM Lucien-L. STQ Lucien-L.jpg 1967 MIL 55 358 Sorel-Tracy ― Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola
  • Transferred from Les Entreprises Lucien Lachapelle Ltée
NM Napoleon-L 1964 MIL 52 300 Sorel-Tracy ― Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola

Contracted operators

Name Thumbnail Year Builder Vehicle
capacity
Passenger
capacity
Route(s) served Owner Notes
NM CTMA Voyageur CTMA Voyageur-a.jpg 1971 Trosvik Verksted A/S 32 12 Matane ― Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Coopérative de transport Maritime et Aérien
  • Acquired in 1986 from South Pacific Navigation

External Links

Official website

References

  1. Société des traversiers du Québec. À propos de la société, page retrieved October 16th, 2016.
  2. Société des Traversiers, op. cit.
  3. NM Alphonse-Desjardins, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  4. NM Armand-Imbeau, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  5. NM Armand-Imbeau II, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  6. NM Catherine-Legardeur, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  7. MV F.A. Gauthier, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  8. NM Félix-Antoine-Savard, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  9. NM Gru-des-Îles, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  10. NM Ivan-Quinn, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  11. NM Jos-Deschênes, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  12. NM Jos-Deschênes, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  13. NM Joseph-Savard, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  14. NM Les Eaux Scintillantes, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  15. NM Lormer-Gouin, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  16. NM Mécatina II, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  17. NM Peter-Fraser, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  18. NM Radisson, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  19. MV Saaremaa I, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  20. Royal Sea 23, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.
  21. VCA L'Esprit-de-Pakuashipi, Société des traversiers du Québec, retrieved April 23, 2020.